Southern and South Central California are badly in need of fresh water. Yet some 70 percent of the fresh water generated by rain and snow in Northern California now flows into the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta system and out to the Pacific Ocean by way of the Golden Gate. Extensive studies have been made and plans have been drawn to construct a very large twin pipeline to carry fresh water below and above ground from the Sacramento River to the Southern San Joaquin Valley, to be supplied to that area and pumped to Southern California. Water currently being used in the Delta and transported to Southern and Central California by the State Water Project already has caused an increase of salt water into the Delta, changing the ecology yearly and taking farmland out of production. The expenditure of $17 billion for the planned pipeline will undoubtedly go to $20 billion or more by the time it is built, but is not exorbitant in light of the benefit to Central and Southern California. However, it is really a pipe dream to believe that an improvement in the environment of fish, shell, animal and bird life will improve with the pipeline plan. The resultant salt water intrusion will create a completely new and drastically different ecology in the Delta.